’9-1-1′ Actor Rockmond Dunbar Files Lawsuit Against Disney Over Exit from Show

Rockmond Dunbar, who played Michael on the Fox series 9-1-1 for four seasons, has filed a lawsuit against Disney over his abrupt exit from the show.

The 49-year-old actor left the show in November 2021 during the beginning of season five over the show’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and now he’s suing the show’s production company 20th Television and its parent company Disney.

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According to Deadline, Rockmond says “the studio engaged in discrimination, including mocking his religious beliefs, barring him from the set and hampering his ability to get other work.”

The lawsuit states, “In retaliation, Defendants summarily terminated Mr. Dunbar’s employment agreement, and refused to pay him the hundreds of thousands of dollars that are still owed to him. Then, wanting to make an example out of Mr. Dunbar, he believes that Defendants wrongfully leaked negative information to the media about his departure from 9-1-1 including that he sought both religious and medical exemptions that were denied. Defendants deliberately made it sound like Mr. Dunbar was a recalcitrant anti-vaxxer, rather than present the truth – that like millions of other Americans, he is a sincere adherent to a non-mainstream religious belief that prevents him from being vaccinated.”

Rockmond is seeking “over $1.3 million in compensation owed to him under the contract” and other damages.

20th Television previously said, “We take the health and safety of all of our employees very seriously, and have implemented a mandatory vaccination confirmation process for those working in Zone A on our productions. In order to ensure a safer workplace for all, Zone A personnel who do not confirm their vaccination status and do not meet the criteria for exemption will not be eligible to work.”

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